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A.    Goals and Objectives;  (continued)

o To enable SEAs and LEAs to implement programs and projects designed to
meet the special educational needs of educationally deprived children.
To implement changes in the law resulting from the passage of the 1983
ECIA Technical Amendments (P.L, 98-211) by publishing proposed regula-

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To assist SEAs and LEAs in their program improvement efforts by con-
tinuing the "Secretary's Initiative to Improve the Quality of Chapter 1
Projects.11 Starting in school year 1983-84 and continuing in school
year 1984-85, the Department is sponsoring: (1) a national program
to identify unusually successful Chapter 1 projects; (2) development
of a "Chapter 1 Resource Book," designed to disseminate program improve-
ment strategies and profiles of unusually successful projects; and
(3) technical assistance to local school districts to implement program
improvement strategies,

o To improve the quality of I program information by revising the forms
used for collecting participation and evaluation information from
SEAs; and to collect information on participants1 gender, race, and
age (as required by P.L. 98-211).

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B. Progress and Accomplishments:

o Nationwide data about Chapter 1 program operations in school year
1983-84 will be available In Spring, 1985. See Section II.C. of this
chapter for information 01 program scope and effectiveness for the
1982-83 school year.

Notices of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) for 34 CFR Parts 200 and 204, im-
plementing the changes enacted in the 1983 Technical Amendments, were
published on August 9, 1984. Comments were specifically invited in
several areas, including evaluation, and were due by November 9, 1984.

The contracts to operate flour evaluation Technical Assistance Centers
(TACs) were extended in September, 1984 through September 30, 1985. As
part of the "Secretary's Initiative to Improve the Quality of Chapter 1,
ECIA Projects" for school year 1984-85, the TACs will commit at least
25 percent of their resources to assist SEAs and LEAs in developing
and implementing program improvement activities.

C. Costs, Benefits, and Effectiveness;

Program Scope: The most recent data about this program are from the 1982-
83 school year, the first yea? in which Chapter 1 was implemented nation-
ally. These data show:

o Approximately $2.56 billion were distributed to about 14,000 eligible

LEAs.

o   States  served  about 4,750,000 children  during the  regular  school
term, of whom approximately:

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   4,570,000 attended public schools,
180,000 attended private schools.

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